'Oisin 'will be greatly missed by all who knew him' - tributes to boy (13) who drowned 'trying to save friend'
A 13-year-old boy has drowned after trying to save a friend who had fallen into a river.
The schoolboy was among a group of up to four teenagers who were walking on the banks of the Lyreen River at Maynooth, Co Kildare, when the tragedy happened.
The teen has been named locally as Oisin Quigley from Maynooth Post Primary school.
It is believed that one of the group fell into the river and Oisin jumped in to try to save him when he got into difficulty.
The drowning happened in a remote area on the Kilcock Road near a concrete bridge that crosses the Lyreen River.
The friends managed to raise the alarm and paramedics were quickly on the scene.
Oisin was rushed to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin but was pronounced dead a short time later.
Gardai in Maynooth have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
They are not treating the incident as suspicious, and have described it as an “awful tragedy”.
A post-mortem is expected to be carried out later today.
Oisin’s school released a statement following his death.
“We learned last evening of the death of Oisin Quigley, one of our students. This is a terrible tragedy for the Quigley family, for Maynooth Post Primary School, Maynooth Community College, and our community,” Principal Johnny Nevin said.
“We are deeply saddened by these events . Our sympathy and thoughts are with the Quigley family and friends and the other students involved in the incident.
“Oisin was a second year student and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Oisin has two siblings in Maynooth Post Primary School. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.
“We have been in contact with his parents and they have requested that we all understand their need for privacy at this difficult time.
“Offers of support have been pouring in and are greatly appreciated, and the schools have implemented their critical incident management plan,” Mr Nevin said.